“Bill” Cole, Jr.,91, passed away on March 18, 2020 at Nottingham Village in
Bill was born in
Danville, PA on July 30, 1928 to the late Harry and Viola Rishel Cole where
he enjoyed his youth.
from Wyoming Seminary in 1946, Bill went on to attend Bucknell University,
graduating in 1951 with a degree in commerce and finance. On April 15,
1952, he married his high school sweetheart, Martha Simington. Two weeks
later, he was sent to Germany by the Army for approximately two years during
the Korean War. Upon his return, he worked for Alcoa Aluminum Company in
Lancaster before he joined his father in the hardware business in 1956.
Bill’s life was
centered around his family, the family business (Cole’s Hardware) and making
Danville a better place for everyone. While he often worked six days a week
at Cole’s Hardware, Sundays were always spent with his family - going to
church, Sunday dinners, puttering around at his pond property and taking
many naps on his chair. He worked to build Cole’s Hardware from one store
when he took over the business from his father to multiple stores by the
time he handed the reins over to the next generation.
His love of the
outdoors endured throughout his life - hunting, fishing, and enjoying time
with his friends and family at his pond property. He was involved in the
fish hatchery that supplies fish for the Montour County Sportsman Work for
Kids Annual Fishing Derby and it is still operating on his land. Bill was a
supporter of the Boy Scouts and the American Chestnut Tree Foundation. His
other community involvement included the Danville American Legion, VFW,
Danville Kiwanis Club, Danville Retailers and the Danville Chamber of
He was a lifelong
and devoted member of Grove Presbyterian Church where his impact was
significant. He faithfully served as an Elder and on numerous committees.
Bill is survived
by his wife of nearly 68 years, Martha ,four children- Kandace Bergerstock
(Tim), Bo (Deb), Greg (Sandy) and Gretchen Lee (Jeff) and nine
grandchildren- Brett, Kara, Jenna, Nate, Taylor, Lexi, Madelyn, Cole and
He will be
remembered by his family and friends as one who always had a generous
spirit, lending a hand to those in need and setting a tremendous example for
his entire family.
The family would
like to thank the staff at Nottingham Village, Geisinger Medical Center and
devoted friends for their support and care over the past several years.
Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family. A
Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on a future date to be announced.
The family will
provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Beaver
Free Library 317 Ferry Street Danville PA 17821 or
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Fund of the Danville Area Community Foundation, payable to the Central
Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF), memo line: Neighbors Helping
Neighbors, and mailed to CSCF, 725 W. Front St., Berwick, PA 18603. Online
donations can be made at
click on donate, and search Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.
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